Sunday, September 16, 2012

FASD News - 37/2012

NIH (USA) - NIH statement on International FASD Awareness Day
International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Day, recognized every year on the ninth day of the ninth month, is an important reminder that prenatal alcohol exposure is the leading preventable cause of birth defects and developmental disorders in the United States.
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CDC (USA) - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day
September 9th is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) Awareness Day. Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause FASDs. Read about Melissa’s experience with alcohol use during pregnancy. Information about the new FASD app is also provided.
WellandTribune (Canada) - Give children with FASD opportunities to shine
Five years ago, if someone had told Melanie her adopted daughter would win three gold medals in a figure skating competition, she would have laughed. Her daughter, now nine years old, was born with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder — an umbrella term used to describe the issues experienced by someone whose mother drank during pregnancy.
The Chronicle Journal (Canada) - Fetal alcohol syndrome awareness on the rise
It takes a community to raise a child and to heal a child. Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder is a life-long illness that not only requires physical care, but spiritual care as well.
CBS Atlanta (USA) - At Emory University, experts try new approach to treating fetal alcohol syndrome
Health experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a recommendation last week that every child be screened for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. It is believed that nearly one in every three women drink while they're pregnant, and experts at Emory University have started a new approach to the treatment of those babies born with FAS.
The Canberra Times (Australia) - Alcohol in pregnancy warning
Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can be more damaging to an unborn child than smoking or consuming other potential toxins, according to a leading expert on foetal alcohol spectrum disorder.
The New Age Online (South Africa) - Sobriety Week hopes to reduce high FAS statistics
As South Africa marks its annual Sobriety Week, the DA in the province says it is “deeply concerned that (alcohol abuse in pregnancy) statistics remain unacceptably high”.

NOFAS-UK - Resources for teachers
Below is a list of resources about the issues and challenges faced by students with FASD and those working with them in UK educational settings.
NOFAS-UK - Educating Children and Young People with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Constructing Personalised Pathways to Learning
The range of learning difficulties associated with children and young people who have Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) has been highlighted as an emerging but little understood area of Special Educational Needs.
SSAT - Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities (CLDD) research project
The Department for Education identified through feedback from schools that educators needed a new teaching and learning framework to meet the needs of children and young people with Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities (CLDD). SSAT was commissioned to develop resources to support schools in educating these children.
CCSA - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Readings and Resources
This page is intended to support Canadian practitioners addressing FASD by:
Providing recent, accurate information on the important and complex issue of substance use and pregnancy through this Web section and through a toll-free telephone information and reference service; and Serving as a gateway to other credible Canadian sources of information.
In this video, viewers meet Liz, a teenager who is afflicted with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) because her mother drank alcohol during her pregnancy. FAS represents a spectrum of physical and emotional disorders that occur because of alcohol poisoning before birth.
NCBI (USA) - Resources for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Pediatrics - Blood Alcohol Levels for American Indian Mothers and Newborns
Very little is known about the alcohol elimination rates of newborns who have had chronic alcohol exposure in utero. In these case reports, blood alcohol levels were taken immediately before delivery, at delivery, and postdelivery for 2 mothers who drank alcohol during their pregnancies and 3 single-birth newborns.
elmadrassa - Children with fetal disorders (FASD) have more severe behavioral problems that children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a study
Our results show that, overall, children with FASD have more severe behavioral problems, said Bush. In terms of social cognition and emotional processing, the base deficit in FASD appears to be the understanding and interpretation of another state of mind and emotions.
Hindawi - Severe Gastrooesophageal Reflux Disease Associated with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome
Prenatal alcohol exposure may have adverse effects on the developing foetus resulting in significant growth restriction, characteristic craniofacial features, and central nervous system dysfunction. The toxic effects of alcohol on the developing brain are well recognised.

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